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City of Goodyear, Arizona

Communications Office


For Immediate Release: June 28, 2010


Splish-splash! Oh what a blast!

Goodyear kids learn to swim

Southwest Ambulance Pool Pack Donation provides families with Reduced Cost Swim Lessons and Water Safety Training at the Goodyear Aquatics Center


Goodyear, Ariz. (June 28, 2010) As temperatures rise, swimming is a great way for families to stay cool and spend time together. Swimming is also an important safety skill. Swimming lessons for children at the appropriate age can help families be prepared in case of an emergency.


Members of the media are invited to meet Goodyear parents as their children receive swim lessons and water safety instruction at 11 a.m. on July 8 at the Goodyear Aquatics Center. A donation from Southwest Ambulance?s Pool Pack Swim Lesson Program helped defray some of the cost of this year?s swim lesson offerings, making it easier for more families take advantage of the lessons. 


In addition to talking with kids and parents at the event, Goodyear's Vice Mayor Georgia Lord will be on hand to accept a $5,000 ceremonial check from Southwest Ambulance for this year's donation. 


WHAT:            Talk to parents and kids about swim lessons and water safety instruction benefitting from donation from Southwest Ambulance


WHEN:           11 a.m., Thursday, July 8


WHERE:         Goodyear Aquatics Center

                        430 E. Loma Linda Blvd.

                         Goodyear, AZ 85338

About the Southwest Ambulance Pool Pack Swim Lesson Program:

Back in 2002 on a day when two children drowned in separate incidents, Southwest Ambulance staff brainstormed ideas to help stop future drownings. One employee suggested that we teach everyone to swim. Less than an hour later, the Pool Pack program was born.

Pool Pack works with communities to provide children free or reduced cost swim lessons. The program is a compliment to the programs offered through area fire departments. After a donation is made, the swim lesson registration and lessons are handled directly by community parks and recreation departments. Each program is independently managed, offering varying levels of sponsorships for swim lessons.

Since the inception of the program, Southwest Ambulance has donated more than $250,000 to local aquatics and parks and recreation departments to provide free or reduced cost swim lessons for tens of thousands of Valley children.  This year, nine communities in Maricopa and Pinal counties are participating in the program. 


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City of Goodyear • 190 N. Litchfield Road • Goodyear AZ 85338 • Phone 623-932-3910 • Toll-Free 1-800-872-1749